As a Stay At Home Mommy Blogger, we are the epitome of misconception by EVERYONE, even ourselves. In general, people have misconceptions about blogging, how bloggers make a living and when you throw in Stay At Home Mom into it and all false conceptions of our livelihood creep into the other person’s mind. These misconceptions are very misleading and demean the value YOU put into your blog and most importantly the value friends and family place in your blog. Below are common misconceptions on Mom bloggers and how you can gain the RESPECT , VALUE and Professional Authority you deserve.
- 1 What are Common Misconceptions?
- 2 1. Leisurely Blogging
- 3 2. Surfing the Web
- 4 3. Wasting Money on Online Courses
- 5 4. It’s Just a Hobby – No Real Money Potential
- 6 5. You Feel Like a Failure – Self-Doubt
- 7 Tips to Combating Misconception and Gain Respect
- 8 1. Name it and Claim It!
- 9 2. Become Legit
- 10 3. Create Business Cards
- 11 4. Online Course Wish List
- 12 5. Above All Remain Positive
What are Common Misconceptions?
1. Leisurely Blogging
This is by far the number 1 misconception by family and friends. The image that pops into their mind is You leisurely typing away at your laptop while the children happily play around you.
The reality is you are diligently researching your article topic, SEO keywords, backlinks, and content outline. All the while your toddler is trying to get your attention by slamming your laptop shut and laughing. Finally, you reside to complete your article when Your Toddler naps or Burn the midnight oil.
2. Surfing the Web
When your family or friends see you on the Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram or Tailwind websites, they automatically think your surfing the web.
In reality, you are busily pinning or requesting to join a million Pinterest Group Boards or Tailwind Tribes after sending out 50 other requests to join that morning. Or you’re trying to meet the Facebook deadline to get all pins or comments posted before the admin calls you out on it.
3. Wasting Money on Online Courses
After you’ve taken a couple of online courses, your friend and family are going to wonder why you keep taking more online courses. They think you are probably gullible and are drinking the kool-aid on hype other people are trying to sale.
The reality is, you are investing in your career. You don’t know the best way to create an e-book and role it out. Or you don’t know anything about affiliate marketing and are trying to learn from an expert.
4. It’s Just a Hobby – No Real Money Potential
Many people view blogging as just a hobby and they really don’t understand that it can and does involve real money potential. Blogging is a legitimate and lucrative business. Like all start-ups, you may be in the negative the first 6 months to a year because you are growing.
5. You Feel Like a Failure – Self-Doubt
You’re working hard on your business but you are not anywhere near where you want to be. Or you think of giving up because you may be having a hard time managing family, kids, household and running a business from home. Self-doubt has crept in and that in itself can lead to failure.
You are being too hard on yourself! All of us Moms tend to be too hard on ourselves because we think we can do it all. But when we make a misstep, we tend to put ourselves down hard.
In reality, you may need help! Consider using a Virtual Assistant for a while, scale back on blogging and reassess what changes you can make to help you keep your sanity and feel like the winner you are.
Tips to Combating Misconception and Gain Respect
1. Name it and Claim It!
First things first, you need to name your position and claim it correctly. Speak it out loud to bring life to it. You are a small business owner, a blog entrepreneur with the potential to hire several people under you and fully support your family on your income. You are smart, goal orientated and a risk taker achiever. Don’t state your role as simply saying your just a stay at home mom blogger. You are so much more! You’re a Blog Entrepreneur!
2. Become Legit
File the necessary papers to become a Sole Proprietor or LLC (preferred) with the IRS and your state. The LLC will give you an EIN number so that you may claim expenses, a portion of the household utilities such as internet, electricity, cell phone, car mileage and a certain square footage your home as a business on your taxes since you work from home.
3. Create Business Cards
At social gatherings when people ask you what you do, tell them you are a Blog Entrepreneur and whip out your business card. Ask them to pull up your blog on their phone and give them a rundown on your brand. Tell them to subscribe to send them great information on your brand or follow you on Pinterest. You never know where this conversation may lead. You may have a new subscriber or maybe a new client. You also look so professional with your business card. Get free business cards printed at Vista Print.
4. Online Course Wish List
Instead of receiving an ugly old sweater from Aunt Gladys for the holidays, ask family and friends to donate to that online course you’ve been wanting to take on Affiliate Marketing or another blogging course. This is a great way to get what you really want and need for the Holidays. It will also show your family and friends blogging is not a hobby but a serious business that you wish to invest time and money into.
5. Above All Remain Positive
There will be days where self-doubt does creep into your mind and you wonder if all the hard work is worth it. Just keep chugging working toward your goal and it will pay off. Remember being an entrepreneur isn’t easy; especially a stay at home Momma Blog Entrepreneur. But it gives us the freedom and flexibility to be with our precious little ones. What’s more positive than that?!